DENVILLE, NJ - Recently the New Jersey Department of Education released the 2015-2016 School Performance Reports. These reports compare 2015-2016 data with data collected from other schools across New Jersey.

The three areas examined were academic achievement and student growth derived from 2016 PARCC and NJASK science data, and college and career readiness determined by student attendance rates and enrollment in performing and visual arts at the middle school level.

Valleyview’s school academic performance was at the 94th percentile in ELA and at the 68th percentile in math. Typical student growth is between the 35th -65th percentiles. Student growth at Valleyview was typical for math and high for ELA.

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Additionally, college and career readiness was very high when compared to schools across the state. Valleyview met 100 percent of its student growth, college & career readiness, and PARCC participation goals.

Notably 96 percent of the students enrolled in Honors Algebra 1 and 100 percent of the students enrolled in Honors Geometry scored proficient on the PARCC exam. Improvement in the area of general math is needed. Valleyview identified this need and implemented a plan for remediation.

A full-time math coach was hired to provide support and professional development for staff. Students in need of additional assistance were identified and provided a targeted program through an additional basic skills course, and after school homework help.

Quarterly monitoring of fact fluency and math content knowledge for all students is in place to determine if students are progressing on grade level.

Riverview’s school academic performance was at the 92nd percentile in ELA and at the 75th percentile in math. Student growth at Riverview was typical for math and high for ELA. College and career readiness was very high, seeing a drop in chronic absenteeism from 2.3 percent to 1.6 percent.

Riverview met 100 percent of its college and career readiness, student growth and PARCC participation goals.

Notably attendance rates at Riverview were extremely high and in this area exceeded attendance rates of their grade level peers. Improvement is needed in the area of math for all students. Riverview identified this need when reviewing the 2014-15 PARCC scores in the fall. Several interventions were put into place to assist teachers in transitioning to the expectations of the NJ Learning Standards and to assist students in improving identified skill areas. A new math program was purchased K-5 and a math coach was hired to provide ongoing classroom professional development. A fact fluency pilot program was implemented in grade 2.

The Student Success Academy offers after school extension in reading, writing, and math through fun and engaging classes. Lakeview’s school academic performance was at the 88th percentile in ELA and at the 81st percentile in math. Student growth at Lakeview was typical for math and high for ELA. Lakeview met 100 percent of its academic achievement and college and career goals. There was a slight increase in chronic absenteeism from 4.1 percent to 5.2 percent. Lakeview met all of the PARCC participation goals with the exception of the students with disabilities subgroup.

Proficiency increases in math were notable, but even with these increases Lakeview identified the need for growth in this area, a new math program was purchased K-5, and a math coach was hired to provide ongoing classroom professional development. Lakeview also hosts a Student Success Academy, as well as an offsite homework help program.

Editor note: Sandra Cullis is assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Denville schools.